A.J. Jacobs Tells Us Why “It’s All Relative”

A.J. Jacobs Tells Us Why “It’s All Relative”

Author and journalist A.J. Jacobs recently released his 5th book, It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree, the story of his quest to build one world family tree. As if that doesn’t sound like enough work, Jacobs simultaneously undertook hosting the world’s largest family reunion – the Global...Read more
5 Baffling Banned Books Throughout History

5 Baffling Banned Books Throughout History

During Banned Books Week, booklovers recognize great works of literature that have been targeted for censorship throughout history. To celebrate, we’ve put together this list of five books banned under interesting circumstances: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe President Lincoln wasn’t exaggerating when he supposedly called Stowe “the little...Read more
Writing Your Life Story: How to Bring Back “Lost” Memories

Writing Your Life Story: How to Bring Back “Lost” Memories

Library of Congress “Recording your own stories” is one of Family Tree Magazine’s list of 17 genealogy habits for success in 2017 (part of our hot-off-the-presses January/February issue).  How many of us spend months or years tracking down every possible record of an ancestor’s life, the whole time wishing he...Read more
How to Handle Surprises in Your DNA

How to Handle Surprises in Your DNA

DNA testing is a powerful new tool for genealogists. And just like any other genealogical record, it’s capable of revealing secrets. For example, the results of a DNA test can reveal relationships that were either long-forgotten, or were long-held family secrets. Knowing this, what should you do when you discover...Read more
3 Tips for Choosing a DNA Relative to Test

3 Tips for Choosing a DNA Relative to Test

Average Amount of Autosomal DNA Shared With Relatives Genetic genealogy, using DNA to study ethnicity and identify genetic cousins, is becoming an essential part of doing genealogy. If you’ve tested yourself and want to explore DNA tests for family, which relative should you ask to take a DNA test? Are...Read more